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Become a Certified Professional Logistician (CPL)

The CPL is a professional qualification that aims to provide the definitive standard for measuring capability and professionalism within the supply chain and logistics profession worldwide.

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Accelerating Energy Efficiency in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are a central part of economies worldwide, comprising 99% of enterprises and providing about 60% of employment. The IEA estimates that SMEs use more than 13% of global total final energy demand, around 74 exajoules (EJ) and that cost-effective energy efficiency measures can save SMEs up to 22 EJ – more energy than Japan and Korea consume per year combined.

Improvements in energy efficiency offers considerable value for economies, societies and SMEs themselves, but efficiency investment is lagging because of a lack of information, resources, technical expertise and funding. This Policy Pathway describes how well-designed energy efficiency programmes can address these barriers, unlocking a wide range of benefits.

To download the publication click here: https://www.iea.org/publications/freepublications/publication/accelerating-energy-efficiency-in-small-and-medium-sized-enterprises–.html 

Why be energy efficient?

Why be energy efficient?

Energy is one of the biggest operating costs in the supply chain and logistics sector. Improving the energy efficiency of transport operations and warehouses can result in a more profitable and competitive business.

Case studies

The Supply Chain and Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) website provides energy efficient solutions for Australian transport and logistics SMEs. The website includes case studies illustrating how businesses in the supply chain and logistics sector can save money through energy efficiency.

For example Keysborough Warehouse (Opens in a new window PDF 835.1 KB) in Melbourne reduced their energy bill by 40–60% by designing their new building to minimise the need for artificial light and mechanical systems.

Key resources

SCLAA has also produced factsheets and guides on energy efficiency for the supply chain and logistics sector. The factsheets provide information on topics such as road transport operations, warehousing, refrigerated stores and materials handling. The guides cover topics such as the importance of data, and identifying, evaluating, and implementing energy efficiency opportunities.

See the SCLAA website for more information on energy efficiency in the supply chain and logistics sector.

Also see the Transport pages on the EEX website for more energy efficiency opportunities, case studies and resources.

VIC Treasurer Graduates with Diploma of Business

The SCLAA would like to congratulate newly appointed Victoria Division Treasurer on graduating with a Diploma of Business at the end of 2015.

15-12-19 VIC - Tonia Du Prez Graduates with Diploma in Business

Supply Chain & Logistics Awards – 2015 Future Leaders Winners

During this year’s Supply Chain & Logistics Association of Australia (SCLAA) Awards, the Future Leaders Award was presented to two outstanding industry future leaders, Samantha Lowry, Senior Procurement Advisor, Department of Education & Training and Danielle Brennan, Category Specialist, Stanwell Corporation. LMA is proud to be a key sponsor of the Awards and support the development of leaders in the industry.

For Samantha Lowry, her move from being a solicitor to developing her career in procurement was one that saw her step into her potential in a whole new way.

SCLAA-Award-Winners-2015_007“I learned that I don’t enjoy giving advice from the side lines and that I’d much rather be making and informing decisions,” Samantha explains. “When I rotated through the graduate program to the procurement branch, I really began to find my passion, and that is leveraging my legal experience to negotiate the best possible outcomes, both financially and otherwise.”

With her recent completion of a Diploma of Government (Procurement and Contracting) with career aspirations of becoming a chief procurement officer, Samantha’s future in the Supply Chain industry looks bright. Her current projects see her establishing a Software-as-a-Service Community of Practice to connect key personnel in providing consistent advice and assistance to help schools to balance the benefits of new and accessible technologies alongside the privacy and duty or care concerns of their students.

Samantha shares her Future Leaders Award win with peer Danielle Brennan. Danielle’s skills in the procurement industry have developed through a series of strategic roles at Queensland Health and Transport & Main Roads. A self-starter and innovator, Danielle has utilised her skills to drive the ICT procurement and engineering services of Stanwell. With an ability to break-down barriers and create new opportunities, Danielle has been awarded for her continuous drive, passion and enthusiasm for her work. Already an effective leader in her own right, Danielle notes that “Leaders must ensure that any value created should contribute to the business, its needs and direction.”

SCLAA-Award-Winners-2015_006Both young women in a career path traditionally dominated by their male counterparts, Samantha and Danielle are aware of the underlying need for diversity in their roles and in their industry. “All industries benefit from diversity,” Samantha notes. The SCLAA actively promotes women in the supply chain industry – in 2015, for the first time, half of the State or Division Presidents are women.

Along with this significant Future Leaders acknowledgement from the SCLAA, both Samantha and Danielle will be given the opportunity to increase their skill base with access to LMA’s ‘The Performance Edge’ program. Through the program both Samantha and Danielle hope to obtain skills to increase the productivity of themselves and their teams.

17th Annual Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference

The dates have been set for the 17th annual Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference.

More than 5500 delegates from across Australasia have attended the Queensland Supply Chain & Logistics Conference in its 17-year history. Will you be among the delegates in 2016?

This national conference is designed for Supply Chain, Logistics, Transport and Procurement professionals and practitioners and is run by industry for industry. It aims for professional and personal development in a unique and relaxed networking-based environment. To be held on the 1st and 2nd of September at the SOFITEL Brisbane Central hotel and with a theme of Supply Chain Unity this is a not-too-be-missed national event.

To find out more about the conference email info@qldscc.com visit www.qldscc.com or phone 1300 920 439.

DHL writes off $A518m on SAP Upgrade

Sometimes, plans for new technology doesn’t go as smoothly as we would hope. Such is the case with DHL, which is now being forced to take a €345 million write-off. However, SAP, the company that was in charge of creating the new software upgrade is heavily stressing the fact that it wasn’t their fault.

“Recent media reports suggest there is a connection between SAP and problems with the implementation of a new logistics system at DHL,” SAP had announced last Friday. “These statements regarding SAP are incorrect.”

The project itself, called the New Forwarding Environment (NFE) was a software upgrade for the Global Forwarding division of DHL and was meant to offer a battery of new capabilities, including increased visibility for shipments, better documentation for shipments, as well as management of operational milestones. However, with progress being a slow go, DP-DHL had forewarned investors of the likely financial impact that would occur due to the implementation issues.

DHL’s loss was formally acknowledged earlier this month through its earnings report, where it also announced a further hit of approximately €200 million. A part of the loss is due to the cost of removing the newly added software from DHL’s pilot locations. As the saying goes, once bitten, twice shy, and DHL is no exception. The company has admitted that they are going to be more cautious in the future when it comes to new technology upgrades.

SAP, on the other hand, isn’t looking to take the blame for the failure. “We are not the general contractor,” said SAP’s head of strategic innovation and senior director of global corporate affairs, Hilmar Schepp. “It is SAP’s software. We sold the licenses, but we are not responsible for the implementation.” Fortunately for SAP, DP-DHL is also in agreement.

“As far as we can judge at present, this is not primarily an issue with the base software provider, technically or commercially,” confirmed DHL representative Daniel McGrath. SAP was merely responsible for the the base software for the NFE program, and had nothing to do with implementation. IBM, however, might not be in the clear, as they were to serve as the general contractor for the NFE solution. Without naming names, it would seem that someone is clearly to blame for the issues DHL is currently experiencing.  “At this moment in time, we would prefer to refer to the roles within the program, without specifying the names of individual partners/suppliers,” McGrath said. “We expect the general contractor who is primarily responsible for the program to fully deliver in line with their contractual obligations,” he added.

Invitation to participate in ACCC business stakeholder survey – what can we do to improve our performance?

The ACCC will be conducting a survey of our business stakeholders in March 2016. The survey will seek feedback on the ACCC’s performance so that we can identify areas for improvement about how we engage with businesses across all of the activities we undertake.

We are therefore keen to hear the views of small businesses, as well as medium and large businesses, across all sectors of the economy.

The ACCC will be working with a professional research firm to conduct the online survey on our behalf. Your responses will be confidential. The ACCC will not have access to any individual’s comments. The overall findings, however, will be made public and will be published on the ACCC website.

If you would be willing to participate in the survey, please click on the button below, and we will provide your contact details to the research firm strictly for the purposes of conducting the ACCC survey in March. We expect the survey will take no more than 10–15 minutes of your time to complete, and your participation would be highly valued.

Thank you for considering this invitation.


Election of a new Future Leader National Chairperson

The SCLAA is pleased to announce that Mr Yury Sukhov has been elected to Chair the SCLAA’s Future Leaders Group.

Yury Sukhov - pic 200pxYury has joined the association in 2013 as a Supply Chain Management and Logistics student. At the end of 2013 Yury has become the FLG chairperson in WA. He is qualified Supplied Chain professional with experience in import/export operations, freight coordination, mining contracts and their operational support. Yury is passionate about technology in Supply Chain Management and Logistics.

His goal is to make SCLAA a link between technology providers, industry representatives, end users and academics.

The SCLAA values the inclusiveness of our Association and this role rotates annually around our Divisions/States so as to ensure we have good representation across Australia. It also gives our younger members leadership roles in the Industry, which is great for their career progression.

I would like to thank Yit Ming Ng from Victoria for his great work in the role and handover.

Encouraging our Future Leaders is vital for the growth and success of the Supply Chain and Logistics Industry, and the SCLAA organises events, recognition and networking to ensure this happens across Australia in every State and Territory.

New Safety Video Released – Unpacking Shipping Containers

SafeWork NSW - SnipImageIn the last five years SafeWork NSW have investigated 21 incidents involving workers being injured while unpacking shipping containers. Three of these workers were killed.

This short video is aimed at reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace by demonstrating basic controls that every workplace, large or small, can implement.

Could you please share it through your networks, where relevant and urge those with Facebook or YouTube to share our posts.

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